Dr Tom Campbell

Dr Tom Campbell


I am Director of Student Education and responsible for the successful development of student education and student experience across all taught programmes. I completed my first degree in Sociology, my MA in Social Research and my doctoral research, a genealogy of dyslexia, all here at the University of Leeds. I work mainly in the areas of Disability Studies, Social Theory and the History of Social Thought influenced primarily by Michel Foucault, and in particular his writings of the early and mid nineteen-seventies.


  • Director of Student Education

Research interests

Since 2018 I have been collaborating with Dr Mark Davis, Dr Jack Palmer (both of the University of Leeds) and Dr Dariusz Brzezinski (Philosophy and Sociology, the Polish Academy of Science) on the unpublished papers of Zygmunt Bauman. We have worked with the Special Collections Archive Team in the University’s Brotherton Library to establish and launch the Jania and Zygmunt Bauman Archive, a public research archive of published and unpublished material authored by the Bauman family. We have complied and continue to work on a living bibliography of Zygmunt Bauman published in Thesis Eleven in 2020 and available on the Bauman Institute website living-bibliography. Our first volume collecting Zygmunt Bauman’s unpublished and lesser known papers of Culture and Art is forthcoming with Polity press.

In Disability Studies I am interested in genealogies of impairment categories and published a genealogy of dyslexia in 2013, Dyslexia: the Government of Reading. I have a number of PhD students working on genealogies of a variety of impairment categories. I am also interested in the resistance practices of disabled people and published on this with Dr Angharad Beckett and Dr Paul Bagguley.

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Student education

I am involved in teaching Social Theory within the School, with a particular emphasis on the history of sociology, classical and contemporary social theory. I also make contributions to other modules within the School as guest lecturer. In 20/21 convene State of Emergency: Social Science and the COVID-19 Pandemic, a cross faculty module dealing with the social, political and regulatory elements of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Disability Studies
  • Centre for Health, Technologies and Social Practice

Current postgraduate researchers

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